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06 January 2017

Comet Catalina (C/2013 US10). Revisit of past year astrophotography in Moroccan Sahara desert.


Comet Catalina (C/2013 US10)

Comet Catalina on the 13.01.2016 passing in the field of view of  the Pinwheel Galaxy in Ursa Major.
27 shots stacked together and saved as an GIF animation on Image J.
C/2013 US10 (Catalina) is an Oort cloud comet discovered on 31 October 2013 by the Catalina Sky Survey.

It crossed the celestial equator on 17 December 2015 becoming a northern hemisphere object.
On 17 January 2016 the comet passed 0.72 AU (108,000,000 km; 67,000,000 mi) from Earth and was around magnitude 6 while located in the constellation of Ursa Major.
Hence the comet was near the Pinwheel galaxy field of view.

This GIF animation and pictures were taken on the 17 of January 2016 from the location of the Sahara Sky Observatory in Southern Morocco (http://www.saharasky.com/saharasky/).

Here is a still picture of the animation.


Picture of Comet Catalina with the Pinwheel Galaxy in the background.
Picture taking 17.01.2016 from Sahara Sky Observatory, Southern Morocco.

Have a look at the Links bellow.
http://cometbase.net/en/observation/listObserv/121

http://earthsky.org/space/comet-catalina-c2013-us10-november-december-january-2015-2016
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinwheel_Galaxy